A lot of consumers do not spend a lot of time with insurance. Many simply buy insurance that is offered at work and perform little research. Unfortunately, having too little insurance or the wrong insurance can be a big financial mistake. For example, a lot of people do not buy enough life insurance. Although it is unlikely that a worker will pass away prior to retirement, it can be a financial disaster for a family if the main breadwinner dies. Many people find out they need life insurance after diagnosis of a terminal illness. Unfortunately, insurers won’t underwrite life insurance for those who have terminal illnesses. That is why it is important to get the right insurance at the right amount earlier rather than later. A financial advisor can help with getting the right insurance.
Health insurance is a major expense for both workers and retirees. Although the Affordable Care Act has made it easier for many to get medical insurance without having to worry about medical underwriting, costs are still rising faster than inflation. That is why it is important to factor in the high cost of healthcare when doing Financial Planning. An advisor will often recommend that a large chunk of monthly expenses to be dedicated towards medical costs including insurance premiums. As a result, many will need to save more money or postpone retirement. It is also important for advisors to make sure that clients are enrolled in the appropriate health insurance plans. Those who are healthy should probably choose high deductible policies. Those with a lot of health problems should choose low deductible policies even though they are a lot more expensive.
Another major insurance expense is homeowner’s insurance. Consumers need sufficient insurance to replace the improvements on their property. The policy limit should be the cost of replacing the structures on the property. It should not be based upon the value of the property, since that includes land. Land cannot be destroyed, so there is no benefit in insuring the land value.
Those getting planning services from advisors will go through this process for other types of insurance such as disability insurance, auto insurance, and more. Although insurance planning is a bit time consuming, it is well worth the effort since not having the right insurance can be very costly.